Single Parent Scholarship Application

The Single Parents with Children Scholarship is a fund that has been established to assist single, divorced or widowed Emporia State University students who are raising children and attending school simultaneously.  Scholarship funds in the amount of $2,500 are awarded for the academic year, with half of the disbursement in the fall semester and the remainder in the spring semester.

Application Process

After reading through the scholarship criteria and materials, you must click and go to the next page and fill out student information, household information, financial aid information for 2018-2019 academic year, and then complete the essay. By submitting this information you will agree to the applicant affirmation statement.  Along with that you must have your two letters of recommendation submitted to Rachel Kohman

To apply, please fill out this form on Hornet Life, and instruct your two references to email their reference letters to Rachel Kohman 

This form on Hornet Life and two letters of recommendation are due by 5:00PM March 8th, 2019. Reference Letters must be submitted to Rachel Kohman at 

All applicants will be honored at the Center for Student Involvement Awards Reception on April 24, 2019 at 7:00PM in the Memorial Union Skyline Room, where recipients will be announced.

If you have any questions contact Rachel Kohman or the CSI at (620) 341-5481.

The recipient must:

  • Be a single parent with primary, sole, or joint custody of their child or children.
  • Achieve and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year in which the scholarship is to be awarded.
  • Demonstrate financial need based on their FAFSA.
  • Be enrolled at ESU in at least 12 credit hours for the fall semester of the scholarship year for undergraduate, or 7 credit hours for graduate students.
  • This scholarship is renewable for up to total of three years. 
  • Recipients seeking a renewed scholarship must:
  • Continue to meet all of the eligibility requirements listed in the section above.
  • Submit a new application each year (including all materials except letters of recommendation).
  • Complete 12 or more credit hours for undergraduate (7 credit hours or more for graduate students) per semester and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  • Failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress will result in a one semester probation period.  The scholarship will be forfeited on the second failure to meet credit hours and GPA requirements.

Application Materials

To be considered for this scholarship, the materials listed below must be submitted no later than 5:00PM on Friday, March 8, 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Materials needed along with this application form:

  • Essay (750-1,000 words describing your personal and professional goals after completing your degree)
  • Copy of completed FAFSA for the 2019-2020 (next) academic year
  • Copy of Financial aid award for the 2018-2019 (current) academic year
You will also need to have submitted separately two letters of recommendation (from professors, employers, or other individuals to whom you are not related) directly to the Center for Student Involvement.